Long hose of the law leads to pot plant stash

A BIT of backyard gardening has led to a 20-year-old Gowrie Mountain woman being ordered to complete 80 hours of community service.

Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard police who attended the Gowrie Mountain residence looking for another person on the afternoon of October 15, last year, had spotted a long black hose leading to a group of trees on the property.

Following the hose to its end, officers found 13 small marijuana plants growing among trees, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court.

Asked about the plants, home occupant Rhiannon Maree Bell told police she had planted marijuana seeds about one month prior to police arrival and had watered them with the intention of growing the plants to smoke the drug.

Asked if she had anything else to declare, the 20-year-old told police she had a small amount of marijuana inside the house and a water pipe for smoking it.

Police found less than 1g of marijuana in her bedroom, a water pipe for smoking the drug and scissors for chopping up leaf to smoke, Sgt Robinson told the court.

Bell also admitted to having found two small Woolworths shopping trolleys at the side of the road which police also found on the property.

She pleaded guilty to producing and possessing a dangerous drug and to possessing drug related utensils and to having unlawful possession of suspected stolen property (the shopping trolleys).

Duty solicitor Sarah MacDonald told the court her client had nothing of similar offending in her history.

Her client was not working at the moment and therefore would struggle to pay fines and she asked that she not be placed on probation because that could interfere with her search for work, Ms MacDonald submitted.

Magistrate Graham Lee ordered Bell do 80 hours of unpaid community service.


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